San Diego’s Top 10 Gyms

It’s the time of year when those gym memberships bought after Christmas with all the best intentions begin to lapse. But fear not, if you pick the right gym, you’ll just have no excuse! Here is our top 10 San Diego gyms.

Barry’s Bootcamp (Hillcrest)

This is the Hollywood take on fitness, with Jason Biggs, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson the latest stars to get involved.

Specializing in a one-hour program stacked with cardio work, Barry’s Bootcamp is all about intensity: half an hour of treadmill work and half an hour on the weights. Burn that fat and tone that ass!


FIT Athletic Club (East Village)

FIT has a more lateral take on getting fit. They’ve basically got everything for everyone. They always have the very latest equipment, the top trainers and the finest range of group classes. Their Fit Perx Program deserves special mention, with a range of unbelievable discounts for a whole host of shops, eating places and spas. And their empire is growing too: they recently announced they will be pumping $4m dollars in to two new facilities in Solana Beach and Carmel Mountain.


The Bar Method (Point Loma)

Dance conditioning, isometrics, physical therapy and interval training all combine to give the ultimate body-toning regime. The one-hour class majors on free-weight exercise, push-ups and then moves onto the bar with seat, leg and abdominal exercises. By using stretching to elongate the muscles after each exercise, this intense workout provides increased strength and a great slimming solution.


Pilates Plus (Pacific Beach)

The first Pilates Plus Studio goes back as far as 2001 but is still an immensely popular program, helped in no small part by the celebrity backing of the likes of Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Aniston and Bob Saget.

Originally founded by the now world-famous fitness instructor, Sebastien Lagree, Pilates Plus is all about creating a defined physique with minimal effort. It’s possible to see great results from classes that take no longer than 40 minutes.


Victory MMA and Fitness (Point Loma)

This is the place for alternative fitness regimes. Leading-edge trainers deliver the finest in Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, kickboxing, yoga and CrossFit classes.


EOS Fitness (San Diego Old Town)

EOS has a good all-round offering and competitive pricing. The latest cardio equipment, a dedicated workout room for cross training, group classes, personal trainers, childcare and tanning facilities. Be sure to check out the outdoor area too. You can’t beat getting a bit of sun while you burn the pounds!


Breakaway Athletic and Swim Club (downtown San Diego)

This is a swish, brand-new full-service gym, containing a gigantic 16,000 sq ft’s worth of high-end fitness equipment. Group training classes include pilates, zumba, super spin, cardio dance, yoga boot camp and barre. Special mention also to the outdoor lap pool and sun deck… well worth checking out.


Chuze Fitness (many locations across San Diego)

With memberships starting from as little as $9.99 per month, this is a great value option. Groups include cycling, zumba, barre, yoga sculpt and kickboxing, and you can also take up the option of a personal trainer.


Aire Urban Performance (downtown San Diego)

Benefit from the wisdom of the instructors here — they really know what they’re doing. They run a whopping 120 classes every month across cycling, pilates, TRX, spinning and yoga, and the great news is, members can mix and match. As if that wasn’t enough, there is indoor rowing, a restaurant and a treatment room.


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